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Need something to watch? Here are our favorite TV shows on Amazon Prime

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service has come a long way since it first started offering free streaming movies and TV shows to Prime members just over four years ago. What was once a pretty scant catalog has since grown into an offering formidable enough to take on the likes of Hulu and Netflix. With the relatively recent addition of a slew of HBO series like The Wire, as well as popular BBC America series like Orphan Black, Amazon now has something to offer for nearly any viewer. So if you’re looking for a new show to binge on but aren’t quite sure which is right for you, just browse our categorized list of our favorites. After all, there’s more to Amazon Prime than simply free shipping and Transparent.

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Fleabag

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At times introspective and moody, at others absurd and raunchy, Fleabag defies easy categorization. In its funnier moments — such as the intro, which is an elegant, extended soliloquy ending in a sudden smack of a sex joke — it is one of the sharpest comedies around, but underneath it all runs a current of sadness. The show follows a woman known only as “Fleabag” (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a neurotic woman juggling a failing business and disastrous personal life. Fleabag immediately conjures images of filth, and the protagonist’s problems run deeper than her name. Selfish, wanton, and a compulsive liar, she fits in with the various antiheroes that have become popular in television. Uniquely, Fleabag does not keep its damaged lead at a distance; she frequently speaks directly to the viewer in frantic monologues, offering insight into her unquiet mind.

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Poldark

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After three years fighting in the American Revolution, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns to his home in Cornwall, only to find his estate in shambles and his lover Elizabeth (Heida Reed) married to his cousin. As Ross attempts to rebuild his family’s tin mines, he rescues a young woman named Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and gives her a job as a maid. Making things more complicated for Ross is his rival, George Warleggan, an ambitious industrialist. Based on a series of 20th-century novels, this adaptation of Poldark moves at a brisk pace befitting a modern show, deftly juggling romance, action, and political maneuvering.

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One Mississippi

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The death of a loved one does not seem like the most auspicious start to a comedy series, but One Mississippi is anything but conventional. Starring comedian Tig Notaro as a fictionalized version of herself, the show draws on several tragedies in her real life. Still reeling from breast cancer, fictional Tig returns to her hometown in Mississippi to witness her mother being taken off life support, and decides to stay and reconnect with her stepfather and brother. Despite the depressing first chapter, One Mississippi is not an unrelenting drama. The show balances grief and joy in equal measure, examining the long, up-and-down process of trauma and recovery.

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The Kettering Incident

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In Kettering, a small town deep in the forests of Tasmania, a young girl disappears amid bright lights in the sky. Fifteen years later, her friend Anna Macy (Elizabeth Debicki) returns to Kettering. The town is the site of a battle between logging companies and environmental groups, and the situation grows worse when another girl disappears. The Kettering Incident unfolds slowly, carefully, submerging the viewer in the ghostly atmosphere of Tasmania. The setting, a borderland between the primordial wild and the machinery of civilization, is also the perfect backdrop for the story. Great mysteries rely on intriguing characters, and the various players in Kettering each have their own secrets and agendas, which makes for a complex, compelling narrative.

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Good Girls Revolt

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Based on journalist Lynn Povich’s account of sexism at Newsweek in the ‘70s and the lawsuit that followed, Good Girls Revolt is a period piece, following an American news outlet and the women struggling to build a career there. The show begins with a firmly entrenched hierarchy at the offices of News of the Week, with women serving as researchers for the male reporters. The cracks start to appear when Nora Ephron (Grace Gummer) joins the publication and decides a subordinate role to an inferior writer is not acceptable. Like Mad Men before it, Good Girls Revolt revels in the culture of its setting, with vibrant costume design and a killer psychedelic soundtrack.

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